Franchise and Distribution Law in New York
112 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Our story begins in 1990, when Michael Einbinder and Terrence Dunn became partners. We shared a vision to offer clients real value—by providing personalized, yet cost-effective legal services. We also employ a team of professional, highly dedicated associate attorneys and two paralegals, in addition to other support staff, all of whom share the partner’s vision of a sophisticated yet personalized practice. Based in Midtown Manhattan, with offices in White Plains and Millburn, New Jersey, Einbinder & Dunn serves mid-size and larger companies as well as small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Our practice focuses on a range of key areas, including franchise law, commercial litigation, real estate law, business law, fashion law, restaurant law and trusts and estates. This range of highly diverse but interrelated areas of focus represent an array of proficiencies that our firm utilizes to conceive unique, interdisciplinary strategies – the likes of which larger firms lack the versatility to employ – which are finely tuned to the individual needs of each client. Our years of experience in the areas in which we practice make us a recognized authority in many areas, such as franchising.
Although our attorneys routinely and successfully work with and against the largest law firms, Einbinder & Dunn’s size translates into one of its distinguishing hallmarks: unique, consistent access to our partners, who have the flexibility to offer individualized attention to clients at affordable rates.
- Dedication. We completely immerse ourselves in each client’s business and goals so that we can precisely identify—and effectively deliver—the outcome most desired for each particular client. Nowhere else will you find a firm whose clients receive more personal and consistent partner attention.
- Adaptability. We are constantly innovative and forward-thinking in our approach to each case. We fully understand and anticipate our clients’ needs, and consequently implement uniquely-tailored strategies – time-tested and proven in some cases; unconventional and unique in others – that minimize risk and most effectively address your needs.
- Teamwork. We work collaboratively, sharing ideas and perspectives to arrive at optimal outcomes. No matter what the legal challenge, we recognize that the best solutions originate from working closely with colleagues and clients. Every client’s legal matters receive the benefit of the knowledge and experience of all four of our partners, even if it is unspoken.
- Integrity. Our sterling reputation rests on our commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards and to providing excellence in the quality of our work, every step of the way.
- The Client. The client comes first at Einbinder & Dunn. Your success defines our mission—and it is the cornerstone of our firm, guiding everything we do. Whether it is a transaction, complex structuring advice or the successful resolution of a dispute, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible result in a cost-efficient manner.
Why Einbinder & Dunn?
Einbinder & Dunn’s founding partners have been practicing law for over 30 years in the areas of franchising, litigation, real estate, business, fashion and trusts and estates. Our firm’s success is predicated upon the intimacy of the attention and care we afford to our clients, which larger firms are unable to replicate. Larger firms operate on the simplistic assumption that greater size translates to greater client attention. In larger firms, partners focus all their attention on acquiring new clients, while the concerns of existing clients are relegated to associates. Worse yet, not only is “large firm attention” actually significantly less extensive, but it comes attached with accordingly larger expenses.
We at Einbinder & Dunn distinguish ourselves from the competition by pledging consistent partner attention and accessibility to each and every one of our clients. This partner attention is significantly more cost-effective than that of our large firm competition. When we meet with you one-on-one to discuss your matter, we take the time to get to know your business thoroughly and gain insight into your specific concerns. Working side-by-side, we will formulate and implement the strategy that best enables your transaction to close or your dispute to be resolved. And throughout the entire process, our partners will be at your constant disposal for every last one of your questions and concerns, no matter how minute.
The thoroughness of our partners’ attention to your concerns is matched only by its longevity. In addition to conceiving long-term solutions for our clients, we also forge long-term relationships with them in the process. Our partners pride themselves on the loyalty they invariably develop for our clients. We work ceaselessly to ensure that our knowledge of your business, case, or concerns is so intimate that we can anticipate changes in your landscape before they even occur. With clients who have depended on us for over two decades now, Einbinder & Dunn is a firm whose near-familial client relationships certainly translate into unparalleled dedication and reliability.
We take great pride in the skill, energy and level of personal service we can bring to your legal matters. We are very interested in learning more about you and helping you determine if we can be of assistance. Please take a minute to talk with us about your concerns. We’re here to listen. Just call 212-391-9500to speak with one of the firm’s partners or click here to fill out a contact form, and see for yourself just how closely we engage ourselves in addressing the individual concerns of every client.
Michael Einbinder is a founding Partner of Einbinder & Dunn. He is a participating member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising as well as the New York City Bar Association. He is also a member of the International Franchise Association, the New York State Bar Association Committee on Franchising, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Panel Memberships on Franchise Law, Commercial Law and Commercial Litigation). He is a Member of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, and is past chair of the American Franchisee Association Legal Symposium Steering Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, participating in the Arbitration Committee and Ethics Committee.
Michael is a published author and frequent speaker on franchise issues at events hosted by the American Bar Association among other organizations. He has been selected as one of the best attorneys in franchising by his peers in conjunction with Franchise Times' editorial board since 2004. Michael has also been recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Franchise 2016 as being “among the world’s leading Franchise lawyers."
Michael has over 30 years of experience representing clients in complex commercial matters in state and federal courts, and in arbitrations and mediations nationwide. Further, he has significant experience representing franchisor and franchisee clients in all categories of disputes including trademark infringement claims, termination issues, enforcement of non-competition agreements, breach of contract and fraud claims. Commercial cases generally involve claims relating to breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, interference with contractual relations, enforcement of non-competition agreements, real estate transactions, partnership and shareholder disputes as well as intellectual property disputes. Michael’s business and commercial clients include both small to medium sized businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing, logistics, shipping, business services, retail, restaurant, hospitality and healthcare. He also handles disputes relating to securities and bankruptcy issues.
Michael also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has served as arbitrator in over twenty-five cases. These cases involved various claims relating to breach of contract, license agreements, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, interference with contractual relations, enforcement of confidentiality agreements, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements, restrictive covenants, corporate dissolution, shareholders agreements, partnership agreements, real estate transactions, purchase and/or sale of businesses, joint venture, partnership disputes, LLC disputes and shareholder disputes as well as trademark and intellectual property disputes. Industries include franchising, licensing, accounting, retail, restaurant, hospitality, insurance, finance, manufacturing, logistics, shipping and air freight, recreational, optical, business services, household services, home improvement, healthcare, education, child care, pet care services and software industries.
Michael is the author of the firm business litigation blog.
- New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, J.D.
- Clark University, B.A.
- University of London, England